In the season of giving -- and giving thanks -- this from Summit's Other Fellow First Foundation:

"When someone has your back, it means a lot.

The unemployment rate is at a 50-year lows and the stock market is making new highs every day. While times are good for some folks today, all of us are human and some of us are one problem away from real distress. 

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When trouble shows up, it’s nice to have a local chapter of the Red Cross in our backyard. The Red Cross has been around a long time, is a huge national organization and gets a lot of press when hurricanes and other natural disasters show up unexpectedly. However, most people don’t know what the Red Cross and its army of local volunteers do for Summit families in need every day.

The answer is a lot.

These services are quietly on call 24 / 7 and the local leader is Summit’s Christy Hodde, who after 15 years as the local boss is retiring at the end of the month.

Christy raised her family in Summit and is a great example of the words gracious and selfless. She is a living example of the famous Churchill quote about life: “You make a living by what you get but a life by what you give.”

At a time in our country’s history where the word “them” is frequently used to point the finger at problems, Christy and the Red Cross is all about “us” and there to help all of us. 

Please join us in saluting her significant contribution to our community and wishing her well in her retirement."

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